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Trump Is Trying To Prosecute John Kerry Because He Criticized Trump On Iran



President Donald Trump is particularly talented at massively overreacting to things, but his recent reaction to John Kerry‘s comments on Iran might just be the worst incidence yet:

President Trump said Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry should be prosecuted under the Logan Act for speaking with Iranian officials and criticizing Trump’s policies in Iran. Trump told reporters at the White House that he would not rule out the possibility of military action in Iran amid escalating tensions before laying into Kerry for his involvement. “What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump said. “John Kerry speaks to them a lot, and John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act, and frankly he should be prosecuted on that.”

Trump added that his “people don’t want to do anything,” and that “only the Democrats do that kind of stuff.” The Logan Act bans private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments without permission from the U.S. Violating the obscure law is a felony, but only two people have ever been charged with doing so and nobody has ever been convicted. “Everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story,” a spokesman for Kerry told CNN. “He’s wrong about the facts, wrong about the law, and sadly he’s been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep America safe.”

Sadly, this is the new normal in American politics. This is not even a very big news story, because we have reached the point where in our discourse, the fact that the President of the United States and leader of the free world is responding to some valid and quite tame foreign policy criticism by threatening to prosecute a former Secretary of State barely even registers our attention any more. This is how low President Donald Trump has forced us to go.

Of course, unsurprisingly, the former senior Obama official is right here and the right wing billionaire President is entirely wrong. Trump’s foreign policy with relation to Iran is wildly dangerous. He has torn up the nuclear agreement for no apparent reason and is now deliberately provoking the Iranian regime and stoking up anti American and anti Western hatred, simply because of his raging xenophobia and blind Islamophobia. And Americans are in real and grave danger as a result of that. All John Kerry was trying to do was point that out.





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